2016 Conference

2016 Conference

Manchester Conference Centre

16-17 November 2016



  • Penny Mordaunt MP (Minister for Disabled People, Work and Health)
  • Hugh Pullinger / Ed Hawker (DWP) (pdf)
  • Liz Stanton (IKEA)
  • Mat Ainsworth (New Economy)
  • Margaret Haddock (EUSE) (pdf)
  • Liam Bairstow (Actor)


Workshop Session A

A1: Update on the Work and Health Programme Ed Hawker (DWP Disability & Work Opportunities Division)

A2: How to set up and run a Supported Employment Programme from scratch with no help from Adult Social Care! Claire Cordell / Andrea Randall-Smith (Little Gate Farm)

A3: SEND Reforms - Study programmes with the core aim of work experience Kathy Melling (BASE)

A4: The role of asset-sharing and social capital in employment for those with a severe disability Janine Cherrington (Transition2), Neil Woodhead (Derby City Council)

A5: Where next for apprenticeships? Liz Davies (Learning and Work Institute)

Workshop session B

16 November (2.30pm)

B1: Local Supported Employment provision - what's the role for DWP? Jacqui Hansbro (DWP), Martin Davies (BASE)

B2: Employment is Everyone's Business: success through transitions James Whybra (Castle School), Nerise Oldfield-Thompson (BASE), Paul Gresty (Elevate Berkshire), Maurice George (Brookfields School)

B3: Vocational profiling - back to basics Kathy Melling (BASE), Derek Groves (North East Autism Society), Professor Amanda Kirby (DO-IT Solutions Ltd)

B4: Expanding IPS provision Sarah Holloway (NHS England)

B5: Creating a strong future role for supported business Richard Welfoot, Jeremy Robinson, Peter Keeley (Supported Business Alliance), Liz Minns (Social Enterprise UK)

Workshop session C

17 November (9.15am)

C1: Adapting to devolution Alex Whinnom (Greater Manchester Centre for Voluntary Organisation)

C2: Supported internships: Employer Engagement v Employer Relationships Tilly Neill / Natalie Read (Hereford College)

C3: Employer engagement - back to basics Alicia Moyles (Kent Supported Employment), Helena Jennings (Skillnet Group), Kathy Melling (BASE)

C4: Recruiting people with learning disabilities into the NHS Zoey Purdy, Paul Vicario (Mencap / NHS England)

C5: The supply chain: Building better partnerships Matt Mitchell / Bev Foard / Paul Walters (Working Links)

Workshop session D

17 November (11.40am)

D1: Learning disabilities and employment: How a Social Impact Bond could help develop the best approaches Adam Swersky / Tom Davies (Social Finance)

D2: De-mystifying Supported Employment for families Kathy Melling (BASE)

D3: Delivering devolved employment programmes – experience and learning from Working Well expansion in Greater Manchester Jerry Stokes / Michelle Lesson (The Work Company)

D4: Welfare rights update Julie Henry / Kathryn Wright (National Association of Welfare Rights Advisors)

D5: Access to Work Stuart Edwards (DWP)